It’s day 4 of the Pfizer vaccine distribution in New Jersey. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said he is confident in Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, which received emergency use authorization from the FDA Friday. He called the vaccine “exceptionally safe” and said the government had “supreme confidence” in it.
Over time, New Jersey plans to vaccinate 70% of the state’s population. The governor announced setting up six vaccine mega-sites next month for frontline health care workers, and he plans for more than 200 satellite vaccinate sites by year’s end.
It’s a big push to reverse what’s happening as the state reports 3,975 new cases. It brings the state’s total to 423,226. With 44 new confirmed deaths, there are now a total of 18,124 confirmed and probable fatalities. Hospitals are seeing a slight drop for the second day in a row in COVID-19 patients with 3,582 being treated in Jersey hospitals as of Thursday night.